June 10, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - June 14 World Blood Donor Day comes during a time of multiple challenges to the regional blood supply.  Community Blood Center reminds the community that blood donations are essential and asks for a commitment to "make two appointments and keep them."

The purpose of World Blood Donor Day is to raise awareness of the ongoing need for blood and to thank donors for helping others.  The 2020 theme, "Give blood and make the world a healthier place," speaks to the ongoing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 In March, donors across the U.S. responded when Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams challenged everyone to keep social distance but stay socially engaged by donating blood.

 Area blood donors helped CBC stockpile a strong blood supply as the pandemic worsened. But the need continues as hospitals return to pre-COVID-19 usage, along with the traditional summer challenges of vacation travel, no high school blood drives, and increases in accidents and trauma cases.

 Blood and blood components are essential to help people survive trauma, surgeries, childbirth associated bleeding, cancer treatments, bone marrow transplants, immune-deficiency conditions, and so much more.

 "Our mission is to ensure when you go to the hospital and need blood, you never worry if it will be available," said CBC Donor Relations Director Tracy Morgan. "We can't do it alone. We challenge you to make two or more appointments to donate this year, keep those commitments, and encourage others to help save lives."

 Schedule an appointment at or call (937) 461-3220. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the new "Hero - Giver, Lifesaver, Donor" face mask and the free "Wake Up & Give" t-shirt.